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  • 9 Nov 2016- 12:28 by OOSKAnews Correspondent PHNOM PENH, Cambodia The government of Laos has submitted a new request to the Mekong River Commission (MRC) secretariat to construct a dam on the Mekong, the MRC said in a statement this week. The Pak Beng Hydropower Project, a run-of-river project
  • 29 Aug 2016- 07:19 by OOSKAnews Correspondent VIENTIANE, Laos Laos has inaugurated construction work on the 260-megawatt Don Sahong hydropower project on the Mekong River this month, Lao news agency KPL reported last week. Laos had announced plans to start construction of the $720 million USD, 260
  • 12 Jul 2016- 09:56 by OOSKAnews Correspondent SINGAPORE “Groundwater contamination is the biggest threat to humanity,” Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize Winner and Professor John Cherry stated categorically in his address to delegates at Singapore International Water Week. “We are in the middle of a water
  • 22 Jun 2016- 10:26 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BANGKOK, Thailand Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha this week urged the public to continue efforts to conserve water, in line with the government’s water management plan. Speaking at the Thailand Sustainable Water Management Forum 2016, Prayut said
  • 15 Jun 2016- 10:22 by OOSKAnews Correspondent PHNOM PENH, Cambodia During its 32nd session this week, the United Nations Human Rights Council will discuss concerns from people in the region about Laos’s Don Sahong Dam project. The Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council has detailed human
  • 23 May 2016- 09:55 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BANGKOK, Thailand Despite ongoing drought, Thailand has enough water to meet demand in the industrial sector, Ministry of Industry Dr. Atchaka Sibunruang said this week. Atchaka said that thanks to adequate groundwater sources and water stored in
  • 17 May 2016- 11:02 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BANGKOK, Thailand Thailand’s Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation is taking steps to ensure that there is sufficient water supply throughout the country until July 30th. Director General Chatchai Phromlert said the department was checking
  • 16 May 2016- 10:28 by OOSKAnews Correspondent SINGAPORE In a forum at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore earlier this month, Kwanten Polytechnic University Professor Ross Pink offered his insights on key water issues in India and China, as well as other countries in Asia, and
  • 11 Apr 2016- 10:53 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BANGKOK, Thailand The ongoing drought in Thailand could affect the country’s energy security, Royal Irrigation Department chief Thongplew Kongchan has warned. Speaking at a seminar on drought, held over the weekend, Thongplew said water levels in the
  • 6 Apr 2016- 10:23 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BANGKOK, Thailand Thailand has declared 25 provinces-- which include 114 districts and 501 villages-- drought-stricken areas, according to Chatchai Promlert, head of the Department of Prevention and Mitigation of Public Disasters. The provinces have been
  • 23 Mar 2016- 11:53 by OOSKAnews Correspondent SANYA, China China and fellow Mekong riparians on March 23rd signed the “Sanya Declaration,” which aims to set the tone for future cooperation to enhance economic ties and increase security in the region. The declaration came on the first day of the
  • 7 Mar 2016- 10:36 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BANGKOK, Thailand Thailand is planning to conduct cloud-seeding operations this month, focused on adding more water to the country’s four main dams-- Bhumibhon, Sirikit, Kwae Noi and Pasak-- General Lersak Riewtrakulpaiboon, the head of Thailand’s
  • 18 Nov 2015- 10:36 by OOSKAnews Correspondent GENEVA, Switzerland The upcoming COP21 climate talks in Paris are an opportunity not just to reach an international climate agreement, but also to protect the current and future health of millions worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a
  • 2 Oct 2015- 10:45 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BANGKOK, Thailand With water levels in two of the country’s major rivers-- the Chao Phraya and Mae Klong-- dropping, Thai authorities this week directed farmers in not to plant dry-season rice crops. The move aims to ensure that there is sufficient water
  • 30 Sep 2015- 10:55 by OOSKAnews Correspondent BANGKOK, Thailand Thailand’s Cabinet on September 30th allocated $19.8 million USD for two projects to cope with anticipated drought in 2016, government spokesman Major Sansern Kaewkamnerd said. The first project, with a budget of $16.6 million USD,

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